- Neglect: Child neglect is the failure by parents or caretakers to provide a child with necessary food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and to ensure that the child is educated according to Minnesota Laws. Neglect may also occur when the person responsible for the care of the child, fails to protect the child from conditions or actions, which imminently and seriously endanger the child's physical or mental health, when reasonably able to do so.
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse means: any physical, mental, injury or threatened injury, inflicted by a person responsible for the child's care, on a child other than by accidental means. Aversive and deprivation procedure that have not been authorized under the law, regarding facilities serving persons with mental retardation, or related conditions. Threatened injury to the child, which would include a statement, overt act, condition, or status, which represents a substantial risk of physical harm or mental injury to the child.
- Mental Injury: Is defined as injury to the psychological capacity or emotional stability of a child as evidenced by an observable or substantial impairment in the child's ability to function within a normal range of performance and behavior, with due regard to the child's culture.
- Sexual Abuse: Is defined as a person responsible for the child's care or a person in a position of authority, having sexual contact with a child under the age of 18, which violates the criminal sexual conduct code, engages a child in prostitution, or engages a child in sexual performance. Sexual contact includes fondling, touching intimate parts and sexual intercourse. Sexual abuse also includes the use of a child in production of sexually explicit works, or knowingly allowing a chld to engage in the activities described in this paragraph.